CB River Dogs fight to advance
The Columbia Basin River Dogs’ White squad stood a win away from securing a spot in the quarterfinals of the Babe Ruth World Series Wednesday morning.
With a 2-1 record prior to their last round-robin game Wednesday night against Mount Olive (N.J.), the River Dogs could still make it to the next round if they lost to the team from the Garden State, but a win qualifies them outright.
As it stands now, only the team from Charleston, Mo. has punched its ticket to the next round, with a 3-0 record, including an Opening-Day win against the River Dogs by a score of 3-1. Three of the other four teams in the pool still had a shot. Cape Cod stands at 2-2 with no more games to go, Mount Olive stands at 1-2 with a game against the River Dogs, and then the 2-1 River Dogs themselves. Only Surry County (0-3,) stands no chance of qualifying to the quarterfinal round.
The ‘Dogs began their participation in pool play with a 3-1 Opening Day loss to Charleston, followed by a 3-2 victory over Surry County (N.C.). In the bottom of the first inning, the River Dogs jumped to a 2-0 lead thanks to a two-run single by Duncan Favor. Surry County tied the contest in the top of the fourth with a 2-run single to centerfield by Tyler Whitaker.
In the bottom of the fifth inning, Quincy product Nic Lopez scored what would turn out to be the winning run on a single to centerfield by Arcenio Martinez. It was a fair prize for the River Dogs, who had loaded the bases in three of four of the preceding innings.
Then, the River Dogs shocked the then-undefeated Cape Cod team Aug. 7 with a 6-3 victory, fueled by a clutch three-run home run by Dakota Fingar in the top of the fifth inning that broke a 1-1 tie. In the top of the sixth, the River Dogs tacked on two more, and then endured a shaky bottom of the sixth to get the win.
If the River Dogs won against Mount Olive Wednesday, they would earn at worst a No. 2 seed, and would play in the quarterfinals Aug. 10.
If they were to advance to the semifinals, games would start at 5 p.m. Friday, with the finals at 1 p.m. Saturday.
By Sebastian Moraga, firstname.lastname@example.org